Charity Begins at School
In 1989, with much fanfare, President Bush convened the nation’s governors in Charlottesville, Virginia for a summit meeting on our educational woes. The primary accomplishment of the gathering was agreement on six broad goals to be achieved by century’s end, goals that became the foundation of Bush’s America 2000 school-reform strategy and, in altered form, of President Clinton’s controversial Goals 2000 program.
Tucked away in the sweeping language of the document which emerged some months later from the Charlottesville gathering were some highly specific objectives, one of which promised that by the year 2000 “[a]ll students will be involved in activities that promote and demonstrate good citizenship, community service, and personal responsibility.” In plain words, America’s children would be expected to work as volunteers in programs organized by their schools.
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